New book available in October

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All revolutions require a leap in consciousness plus a set of daily practices to sustain and gain the full benefits of the new consciousness. Ben Hartman is that rare person who could describe the lean farming revolution – in The Lean Farm – and then provide proven practices from his own farm – in his new book, The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables — to help fellow revolutionaries grow good food in a lean way for the long term. Together these volumes describe are all you need to know for a sustainable lean revolution on your farm. The rest is up to you.
— Jim Womack, Founder and Senior Advisor, Lean Enterprise Institute
Another gem from Ben. The Lean Farm introduced a dynamic new way of thinking about small farm businesses, pointing us in the right direction. Now, The Lean Farm Guide gives us the detail, the specifics, the tricks of the trade that show us how to execute lean strategies on a small farm. Ben Hartman is a key entrepreneur in diverse, sustainable, small farm agriculture, and is emerging as the Midwest’s heir apparent to Eliot Coleman. The Lean Farm Guide is an indispensable resource for all small farmers, new or experienced, young or old.
— Steve Hallet, Professor, Dept. of Horticulture, Purdue University

Ben Hartman's appearances this year:

Honolulu Hawaii, August 29-30, 2017, Hawaii Agricultural Conference

Seattle, WA, December 1, 2017, Focus on Farming Conference

Selmer, TN, November 27-29, 2017, Market Gardener Tool Summit

Millersburg, OH, January 11, 2018, Mid-Ohio Growers Meeting

Traverse City, MI, January 26-27, 2018 Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference

Nashville, TN, March 25, 2018, Lean Enterprise Institute Summit


The Lean Farm, a book by Ben Hartman and published by Chelsea Green Publishing in 2015. The book tells the story of how Clay Bottom Farm used lean concepts to boost profits with less work and it describes how any farm can use the system.

The most important book about market farming to come along in many years!
— Lynn Byczynski, editor of Growing for Market magazine
The Lean Farm should be dissected, digested, and discussed—then applied—on every single farm: big or small, wholesale or retail, livestock or produce. It would make all farms more profitable, productive, and pleasurable.
— Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farm, author of You Can Farm

More about Rachel and Ben

We are an artisan farm located 7 miles east of Goshen, Indiana. Our community-supported agriculture (CSA) program gives you fresh food from a local farm every week.

There are just the two of us and I haven’t spent much time in the kitchen. Your lovely greens have given me a reason. Thank You.
— Roberta ( Bobbie ) Wilson, 2012 CSA customer